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3D Printers Unite For Goodwill & Rad 3D Printing Tools Via Printers for Peace Contest

The concept of personal 3D printers has spread like wildfire, and Michigan Tech wants to make sure that the first things that people think of when the innovative product making platform is mentioned include harmony, joy and other peaceful goodies. 

Spotlight On… Public Toilets? And One Public Toilet App

Public toilets are the unsung hero of modern societies. They are taken for granted in most countries but not in Singapore, where the Restroom Association Singapore (RAS) has undertaken the commitment of maintaining the cleanliness and hygiene of every single public restroom in the island nation.

Can Shepard Robots Keep The Flock In Line?

When it comes to herding sheep the job is usually done by dogs. One graduate student, currently at Harper Adams University College, has designed  a UAV, or unmanned areal vehicle, in hopes of doing the job. The bot has been successful in the controlled tests. No one has asked the sheep what they think. 

German Industrial Robots Turned Aussie GPS Testers

It looks like robots, that were designed to do heavy work in factories in Germany, are going to be going on a new adventure. They are going to be used to help test the relability of the GPS systems down under in the outback.The systems data will be used to refine the system and help tectonic plate research in the future.

Cool Inspiration From Previous Arctic Innovation Competition Winners!

If you’re planning on entering the 2013 Arctic Innovation Competition, it wouldn’t hurt to take a peek at the inventions that wowed the judges of this chilly contest, so here are the grand prize winners from 2009 to 2012 for extra inspiration:

Space Driving Record Broken by Robot

A new record was broken recently by a robot. In addition to being able to beat the worlds champions in chess it turns out that robots may be better at distance driving, at least in the endless void of space. The 1972, human set, record for the most distance driven in space was broken by a 2004 launced rover.

Carbon Aerogel Created By Chinese Scientists Is The World's Lightest Material

Carbon aerogel created by Chinese scientists from Zhejiang University has a measured density of 0.16 mg/cubic centimeter or one-sixth as dense as air! The ultra-light synthetic material is also able to absorb up to 900 times its own weight, offering environmentalists a potentially useful tool for cleaning up oil spills and hazardous waste leaks.

Give A Solution That Is A Cut Above The Competition To Win €4.000 From The Pöttinger Engineering Contest!

European farm equipment producer Pöttinger is looking for help, and if you can revamp one of their existing harvesting tools to slice plants in a neat and orderly manner, you’ll walk away with a nice cash prize for thinking outside of the box!

Propose A C02-Reducing Product Or Invention, Win € 500,000 In The Postcode Lottery Green Challenge!

If you’ve got an invention that reduces greenhouse gas emissions, pitch your idea to the judges at The Postcode Lottery Green Challenge for a chance to receive € 500,000 to develop your business plans.

Can Robots Help Aussie Manufacturing?

A white paper put out by CSIRO is positing the idea that robots will be good for the workers in the manufacturing sector in Australia, but the real question is, can it actually happen that way? This piece looks at the state of the industry and ponders how robots might help, without replacing, workers in a flagging field.